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Wisconsin basketball recruiting: 2018 commits, offers, targets

The Badgers have room for a small but vital recruiting class in 2018 and they are halfway home. Here’s a comprehensive look at the commits, offers, and targets in the class.

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On Sept. 12, 2016, Greg Gard reeled in a big fish. Coveted in-state scorer Tyler Herro committed on that day to headline the 2018 class and add juice to Gard’s growing reputation as a bona fide recruiting force as a head coach.

Herro suffered a knee injury as a high school junior, but has recovered to play well on recent AAU and camp circuits. He has enhanced his profile into that of a top-50 talent among his peers, bringing some good PR to the Wisconsin Badgers program along the way.

Looking beyond transfers and walk-ons, Herro has been UW’s most recent verbal commit over the last months and counting. However, it’s still far too early to panic about the remaining slot in the class. Wisconsin zeroed in on Stevens Point’s Joey Hauser from day one and patiently awaits the versatile forward’s decision, reportedly coming in August. (UPDATE: Hauser committed to Marquette on July 23.)

In case Hauser goes elsewhere, Gard will need to have some secondary options up his sleeve. The Badgers have expanded their search beyond Isaiah Kelly, whom they haven’t communicated with since Lamont Paris’s departure. Gaining another big man is paramount for the coming years and the recruiting board reflects that.

Below is a snapshot of UW’s recruiting situation for the 2018 class. The goal is for this to be a living document that will stay current as news breaks, much the same way our main basketball recruiting hub does. But we also envision it being your forum for discussing recruits and news specific to the 2018 recruiting cycle.

Recruiting Targets

Class of 2018

Verbal commitments: 1
SG Tyler Herro 4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit4-star recruit
Greenfield, Wis. (B5Q recruiting profile)

Keeping tabs on:
PF George Conditt, Chicago, Ill.

Others recruited:
PG: Jordan McCabe (committed to West Virginia)
SG: Joe Wieskamp (committed to Iowa)
SF: Joey Hauser (committed to Marquette)Isaiah Kelly
PF: Carte’Are Gordon (committed to St. Louis)Race Thompson (committed to Indiana)Jarvis Thomas (committed to Minnesota)

Last updated: 7/24/17

Future Scholarship Grid

2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
1. Ethan Happ* (JR) 1. Ethan Happ* (SR) 1. Brevin Pritzl* (SR) 1. Aleem Ford* (SR) 1. Tyler Herro (SR)
2. Alex Illikainen (JR) 2. Alex Illikainen (SR) 2. D'Mitrik Trice (SR) 2. Kobe King (SR) 2.-13. [OPEN]
3. Charlie Thomas (JR) 3. Charlie Thomas (SR) 3. Aleem Ford* (JR) 3. Nathan Reuvers (SR)
4. Khalil Iverson (JR) 4. Khalil Iverson (SR) 4. Kobe King (JR) 4. Brad Davison (SR)
5. Andy van Vliet (JR) 5. Andy van Vliet (SR) 5. Nathan Reuvers (JR) 5. Tyler Herro (JR)
6. Brevin Pritzl* (SO) 6. Brevin Pritzl* (JR) 6. Brad Davison (JR) 6.-13. [OPEN]
7. D'Mitrik Trice (SO) 7. D'Mitrik Trice (JR) 7. Tyler Herro (SO)
8. Aleem Ford* (FR) 8. Aleem Ford* (SO) 8.-13. [OPEN]
9. Kobe King (FR) 9 .Kobe King (SO)
10. Nathan Reuvers (FR) 10. Nathan Reuvers (SO)
11. Brad Davison (FR) 11. Brad Davison (SO)
12. [OPEN] 12. Tyler Herro (FR)
13. [OPEN] 13. [OPEN]
*used redshirt | #walk-on

Projected 2018 Depth Chart

D'Mitrik Trice (JR) Brevin Pritzl (R-JR) Khalil Iverson (SR) Alex Illikainen (SR) Ethan Happ (R-SR)
Brad Davison (SO) Tyler Herro (FR) Kobe King (SO) Aleem Ford (R-SO) Andy van Vliet (SR)
T.J. Schlundt# (R-JR) Matt Ferris# (R-SR) Nathan Reuvers (SO) Charlie Thomas (SR)
Legend: #walk-on

Go to Current Scholarship Grid & Depth Chart